A Rochester man is facing charges after allegedly misusing Medicaid benefits to illegally fill and sell opioid prescriptions.
The Attorney General’s office says 44-year-old Ronald Lockwood allegedly caused Medicaid to be billed over $12,000 for 12,500 oxycodone pills and sold them to drug dealers in the Rochester area.
The Attorney General’s investigation stemmed from an anonymous letter sent to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) that alleged that Lockwood was selling oxycodone pills. The Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU), the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), and the DEA used various forms of surveillance including GPS tracking devices and cell phone data, to gather evidence that Lockwood was allegedly obtaining hundreds of oxycodone pills per month and selling them to drug dealers in the Rochester area. The pills are a Schedule II controlled substance and have a street value of approximately $10,000, according to the DEA.
An investigative audit by the MFCU showed that from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2016, Lockwood allegedly used Medicaid benefits to pay for 25 prescriptions for oxycodone and obtained 12,500 pills, which combined cost Medicaid $12,437.62.
The complaint, filed in Greece Town Court, charges Lockwood with criminal possession and sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, and grand larceny in the third degree.
If convicted, Lockwood faces up to nine years in prison.